Metal/Cobalt Chrome Dentures At Tracey Bell
A metal-based denture is usually done on the lower denture. A portion of the denture body is made of a substantial metal casting rather than all acrylic resin.
Types of Metal Dentures
There are two different types of metal dentures
The metal base portion of the denture is in direct contact with underlying supporting tissues. The base is fabricated from a special medical grade alloy that is hypoallergenic and very biocompatible with tissues. Generally, tissues in contact with this type of material are very healthy in appearance.
The metal base portion of the denture is not in direct contact with underlying supporting tissues. A soft or hard plastic liner may be interposed between the metal and supporting tissues. A soft liner is generally preferred to hard plastic since it is more comfortable to wear; however, the soft liner usually should be replaced on an annual basis.
Why Choose Metal Dentures?
Metal based dentures provide a more natural feeling. The added weight of the metal base is closely equivalent to the actual weight of cadaver jaw ridges and the teeth lost after extraction. The metal base provides a more natural perception for you. The additional weight of a metal base also contributes to lower denture stability by causing the denture to settle down onto a jaw ridge.
The Benefits of Metal-based Dentures At Tracey Bell
- Very biocompatible and hypoallergenic with healthy-appearing supporting tissues.
- May include a soft liner.
- Can be relined easily.
- Provides added strength for easily broken narrow dentures.
- Facilitates fabrication of stable narrow-based dentures that are designed to avoid contact with disrupting muscle forces.
- Sometimes facilitates the avoidance of surgical procedures to reposition fraenum.
- Patients perceive a more natural feeling from the added weight.
- Weight may contribute to additional denture stability.
- Dimensionally very stable when compared to all-plastic-based dentures during fabrication and over time.